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Trauma Quality Programs

Successful Launch of the Advancing Leadership in Trauma Center Management Course at TQIP

Advancing Leadership in Trauma Care ManagementThe ACS successfully launched Advancing Leadership in Trauma Center Management, a brand-new, two-day, live course at the 2019 TQIP Annual Meeting and Scientific Training in Dallas, TX. After two years of development, with an expert multidisciplinary workgroup creating content, the course sold out in four days once registration opened. We are excited to announce our next course, which will be hosted at the ACS headquarters in Chicago, May 14–15, 2020.

The course is led by course director Jorie Klein, BSN, RN, and course medical director Leonard J. Weireter, Jr., MD, FACS. The course covers a wide range of topics vital to the success of a trauma center and combines engaging discussion and individual experiences. As part of the course materials, students were given a robust toolkit of resources and templates that they can adapt and implement upon returning to their own centers.

Hospital providers who would benefit from this course include trauma medical directors, trauma program managers, PI clinicians, hospital administrators, and trauma registrars.

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2019 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training

From left to right: Avery B. Nathens, MD, PhD, FACS, Medical Director, Trauma Quality Programs; Robert Todd Maxson, MD, FACS, Special Consultant to the COT; and Michael C. Chang, MD, FACS, Chair TQIP Committee

The 2019 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training was held in Dallas, TX, November 16–18, 2019, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. A record number of 1,960 attendees, including 112 speakers and 35 exhibitors participated. The theme of this year's conference centered on error management and high performing teams, which was exemplified through an exciting live trauma simulation performed by Parkland Hospital trauma staff and EMS in our most innovative session yet. The simulation was immediately followed by a debrief facilitated by Jeffrey Carter, MD, James Johnson, MD, and Captain Chris Lyon on the importance of team communication. After a presentation on operationalizing simulation at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Joseph Ibrahim, MD, FACS, then joined Drs. Carter, Johnson, and Captain Lyon, along with Avery Nathens, MD, FACS, to discuss the value of simulation in your trauma center.

This year's meeting program offered exciting insight into a variety of topics, including the newest best practice guideline for trauma center recognition of child abuse, elder abuse, and intimate partner violence; more than 150 abstract presentations from ongoing research at TQIP centers; and high reliability concepts for trauma organizations. Todd Maxson, MD, FACS, surgeon in chief, trauma medical director of Arkansas Children's Hospital provided the keynote address, sharing a powerful story about his experience as a trauma patient within Arkansas' trauma system, which he helped build from the ground up. With a new appreciation for the patient perspective, Dr. Maxson emphasized that the decisions we make as trauma professionals today greatly impact the lives of our patients inside and outside the hospital, so it's important to "vote like your life depends on it." To close the meeting, attendees heard a debate between Megan Brenner, MD, FACS, and Ben Zarzaur, MD, FACS, around the pros and cons of using REBOA.

Thank you to all our speakers and attendees who contributed to another successful meeting!

View a photo gallery of the TQIP meeting courtesy of Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS.

TQIP 2019 Meeting in Dallas

Join Us in 2020 as the TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Please remember to save the date for the 2020 TQIP Annual Meeting, December 6–8, 2020, at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ. For more information on the TQIP Annual Meeting, please contact

2020 Annual TQIP Scientific Meeting and Training

Trauma Guidelines Project with AAST

ACS COT and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) are working together on a project to create Trauma Guidelines for use by their respective membership and verified trauma centers. These will be developed from evidence-based national guidelines and institutional protocols solicited from Level I and II trauma centers across the country and the world; the material will be reviewed by a joint committee, which will include members of the AAST Ad Hoc Task Force on Trauma Care and the Trauma Guidelines Work Group of the of the ACS COT PIPS Committee.

Development of a centralized resource for evidence-based trauma guidelines will allow trauma centers to further standardize care and allow centers with fewer resources to have access to cutting-edge modern management protocols with the goal to improve trauma patient outcomes.